There are several ways to measure your vertical jump.
However, all the methods are similar and follow the same 5 step procedure.
Vertical Jump Measurement
1. Stand next to a wall with your strong side facing the wall.
- If you’re right handed, your right shoulder should be next to the wall, and vice versa.
2. Extend your arm and reach up as high as possible, marking the highest spot you can touch.
- This is your standing reach.
- You can apply ink or chalk on your fingertips to mark the spot or just have a friend put some tape on the wall marking off the highest point you can touch.
3. Without taking any steps, jump up from a standstill, reach as high up the wall as you can, and mark off the second spot.
- Mark this second spot with ink, chalk or tape like before.
4. Repeat the jump until you feel you have touched the highest point on the wall.
5. Subtract your standing reach from the height of the highest point you touched on the wall.
- This number will be your vertical jump.
- For example, if your standing reach is 7 feet and the highest point you touch on the wall is 10 feet, your vertical jump is 3 feet (36 inches) ——–> [ 10 feet - 7 feet = 3 feet ]
Shoes or No Shoes?
There is an argument as to whether standing reach should be measured with or without shoes on.
This is because wearing shoes will increase your standing reach from anywhere between 1 and 3 inches.
There is no right or wrong option, but for most tests, standing reach is measured with shoes on, because we play in shoes after all.
A Simpler Way To Measure Vertical Jump
Most high schools and colleges have a vertical jump measuring device that makes the whole process faster and simpler.
The device has an adjustable scale that makes it easier to measure your standing reach and highest point of touch. It is also calibrated and therefore makes calculating your vertical jump a breeze.
You also don’t have to worry about bumping into the wall and injuring yourself!
Tips & Tricks
1. Try to wear lightweight, tight fitting shoes when measuring your vertical jump.
- A great example is the Nike Free shoes. They are comfortable despite being tight and light in weight, and they also provide excellent cushioning.
2. Warm up and stretch before you measure your vertical jump.
- This will make your muscles loose and make you jump higher during the vertical jump test
3. Make sure you use the correct form to get the highest possible vertical jump score.
- Squat down, swing your arms and explode upwards, extending your strong arm (right or left) as high as you can and touch the highest point you can.
4. Use a great program like the Jump Manual to improve your vertical jump.